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Comments on: Eating the Easter Bunny and Our First Podcast



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By: Rabbit, Mushroom and Tarragon Stew: Tempting Fate? | We Are Never Full

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 22:04:24 +0000

[...] PROVENCAL RABBIT WITH OLIVES AND CAPERS [...]



By: admin

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 20:03:47 +0000

@Elise - thanks for your comment. As you can see, we're perfectly open to a debate on this, and you are quite entitled to your views. As you may have noticed had you listened to our podcast, I too had a house rabbit for many years growing up. He was a charming fellow of infinite jest and great personality, and a fabulous pet that my whole family loved dearly. We too vehemently oppose factory farming of rabbits or of any kind of animal, but I think you need to be careful about where you draw the line in terms of personality automatically equating to inedibility. Cows, pigs, sheep, deer, even geese and ducks may have winning personalities, but because they don't make good house pets, does that mean we can eat them? And just because dogs and cats can share a roof with us, they are off the menu? It's an absurd point, and ignores the fact that people have kept domesticated animals for millennia more for what they can gain through owning them than because they were entertaining company. Cats kept the rodent population in check, dogs protected against wild animal/human attacks, cows provided milk and leather (and beef), chickens provided eggs and feathers (and meat), sheep provided wool and milk (and meat), and pigs were both an effective waste disposal system and very delicious. Rabbits were, for most of human history, just another form of livestock, and frankly, in the times we live in, should be reconsidered as a viable alternative to other meats as they are both a healthy and sustainable source of food. They breed and mature rapidly, require comparatively little fattening compared to other livestock, including chickens, and yield lean, tasty meat. I should also add that the breeds of rabbit sold as pets are entirely different from the breeds kept as livestock, and are much closer in look and behavior to their wild ancestors, not that this will change your dietary proclivities, I'm sure, but it's a good point that we're not eating our pets/friends/family, but other creatures that look similar, but really aren't very much the same at all.



By: Elise

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 05:34:42 +0000

I am so sorry, but I find this so repugnant, where do you draw the line, will there be recipes for cat and dog next? Not as stupid as it sounds, I, as have many friends, have companion rabbits, their life span is 8-10 years and they have an intelligence much the same as cats and dogs! I have a husband and three children, also part of our family and much loved, are a cat, a dog and two house rabbits. They are toilet trained, come when called, do tricks for treats, have vastly different personalities, run to the door to greet people, so how different are they to the dogs and cats that we don't or wouldn't ever consider eating? Or would we? Factory farming of any animal is cruel and most people are not aware of the facts or choose not to be aware, or they may have to confront the horror of their living conditions, they are sentient beings, I don't expect people understand until they have seen the reality of what great companions they are and STOP eating them! I just wonder if you will allow this post through, I expect not :0( I feel very sad that my view point may not be allowed. . . I wish you all the best and I also wish you would reconsider eating rabbit . . . .



By: admin

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 18:34:03 +0000

Carolina - thanks for your visit and comment. No offense was taken at all - quite the opposite in fact. It was fascinating to hear that you were looking at things from the opposite viewpoint than what we would assume to be the norm in most of America, i.e. bunnies are pets first and foremost, and (very) secondarily they are dinner. Certainly, continental europeans have no such compunction about putting thumper in the pot, but Americans seem to be squeamish about it. Your point about the breeds being very different (pet vs. dinner) is as well-taken as it is correct, and, apart from our suggestion that people just simply try to get over the cute, furriness issues of eating rabbits, this is a useful tactic in discussions with those who would think it cruel. You may have gathered from our podcast and post that while we are definitely animal-lovers, we took an almost perverse pleasure in making and enjoying a meat that many would find philosophically problematic, so we hope that you, who began as a rabbit-eater, are not put off for long.



By: Carolina

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 09:12:36 +0000

I'm really late with this comment, but I just found this post/podcast. I've eaten rabbit all my life, and never thought much about it, however after listening to you guys talk about pet bunnies/the Easter Bunny, etc. I suddenly feel guilty. I really wish you hadn't even brought up the subject of 'pets'. I don't think it's necessary. Most people who eat rabbit don't even consider pet bunnies. Most of the ones we have as pets are entirely different breeds from market rabbits. I think you might have turned more people off of the idea of ever eating rabbit than you have convinced to try them. I think that's sad. And, honestly, I think the next time I want to buy rabbit I will remember this podcast and might not be as enthusiastic about cooking it as I used to be. I hope you don't take offense at this, but I just had to tell you how it made me feel. I've enjoyed the rest of your website so far, at least until right now. I'm sure I'll be back...you can't keep a real 'foodie' down for long.



By: Arroz Marinero - Spanish "Marine" Rice | We Are Never Full

Tue, 06 May 2008 12:39:38 +0000

[...] PROVENCAL RABBIT WITH OLIVES AND CAPERS [...]



By: Joel

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:05:12 +0000

60 bucks for a pair of bunnies? Almost every time I visit my mother (on our family farm in Central Texas) I manage to pot a few cotton tails. I can't imagine spending that much on them! :) I guess it's like having access to fresh corn and homegrown tomatoes, so I'm just spoiled. I'll definitely be trying your recipe, it sounds fantastic!



By: Marc @ NoRecipes

Mon, 21 Apr 2008 12:55:12 +0000

I don't think I've ever had rabbit before. I'm gonna have to give this a try:-)



By: Pixie

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 10:59:26 +0000

oh and I'll have to star this one too as I have a rabbit in the freezer to use up and always looking for different versions...and it only cost about $7 btw



By: Pixie

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 10:57:22 +0000

Listening to you two now and your telling the bugs bunny story :) We grew up eating rabbit (yes in nyc) and rabbit is a popular Maltese dish, if you try it out again, hope you'll give a Maltese version of rabbit stew a go. I can't believe it cost you $60 (did i hear that correctly???) to buy two rabbits! And it's great to hear you two. :)